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Trump was ignorant of nukes treaty he slammed during Putin call

Trump ignorant of nuke treaty in call to PutinPresident Trump ripped a treaty that capped American and Russian deployment of nuclear warheads as a bad deal for the US during his phone call last month with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, it was reported Thursday.

And when Putin suggested extending the 2010 treaty, known as New START, Trump had to pause to ask his aides what the treaty was about, Reuters reported, citing two current and one former US official.

Trump’s move came despite Secretary of State Rex Tillerson telling senators during his confirmation hearing that he supported extending the treaty.

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Trump lashes out at Blumenthal for relaying Gorsuch’s 'disheartening' comments

Trump attacks BlumenthalPresident Donald Trump attacked the military record of Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday morning, suggesting that the Connecticut lawmaker misrepresented his conversation with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch as he did years ago regarding his service in the Marine Corps Reserves.

Trump appeared to be responding to media accounts published Wednesday night, in which Blumenthal (D-Conn.) relayed some of his conversation with Gorsuch. The senator said Gorsuch called Trump’s regular criticisms of the federal judiciary “disheartening” and “demoralizing,” comments that were confirmed by others present for the conversation as well as a spokesman for the judge.

TVNL Comment: If you can't attack the message, attack the messenger.

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Kellyanne Conway: 'Go buy Ivanka's stuff'

Kellyanne ConwayStanding in the White House press briefing room, Conway, a counselor to the president, encouraged Americans to purchase Ivanka Trump’s products, one day after President Donald Trump himself lashed out at the department store Nordstrom for dropping his daughter’s clothing line.

“It’s a wonderful line. I own some of it,” Conway told “Fox & Friends.” “I fully — I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”

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Neil Gorsuch Gorsuch disheartened by Trump attacks on judges

Neil Gorsuch Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee has told a Democratic senator that he found the president's attacks on the judiciary "disheartening" and "demoralizing."

Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut disclosed the comments from Judge Neil Gorsuch after meeting with the nominee Wednesday.

Trump referred to a Seattle judge who put a stay on his immigrant travel ban as a "so-called judge." Gorsuch's confirmation team confirmed that Gorsuch was referring to that comment and described it as disheartening.

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Steve Bannon Aligns With Vatican Hardliners Who Oppose Pope Francis

Steve BannonWhite House chief strategist Steve Bannon is known to have cultivated ties with far-right parties in Europe, like the National Front in France. He also seems to have forged an alliance with Vatican hardliners who oppose Pope Francis's less rigid approach to Church doctrine. The New York Times reported this week on Bannon's connections at the Vatican.

Before becoming White House chief strategist, Bannon — who is Catholic — was the executive chairman of Breitbart News, which he called a "platform for the alt-right." That's a movement associated with white nationalism.

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Court blocks law limiting Democratic North Carolina governor's powers

Court blocks law limited NC Gov.A North Carolina court on Wednesday temporarily halted a new state law stripping Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of some of his authority, The Associated Press reported.

The Republican-led state Legislature restricted the incoming governor’s power during a special session in December, slashing the number of government employees he can hire and fire by more than 1,000 and requiring Senate confirmation for Cabinet appointments. The power grab, as Democrats have phrased it, sparked a legal challenge from Cooper.

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Trump calls courts 'so political' as travel ban faces scrutiny

trump calls court politicalPresident Donald Trump stepped up his criticism of the U.S. judiciary on Wednesday, saying courts seem to be "so political," a day after his U.S. travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries faced close scrutiny from an appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday heard arguments on the Trump administration's challenge to a lower court order putting his temporary travel ban on hold. Trump on Saturday accused the judge who issued the order of opening the United States to "potential terrorists."

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